Girls State Swimming: Warriors season ends in prelims
MINNEAPOLIS—Another full week of rest and an aggressive mindset didn't turn into the results the Brainerd Warriors wanted.
Brainerd's 200-yard freestyle relay of freshman Teagan Rudstrom, junior Hannah Tatge, senior Madelynn Gibbons and junior Jacquilyn Rude swam almost the exact same time they did to reach the Class 2A state swim prelims Thursday, Nov. 15 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The relay's time of 1:40.17 landed the foursome in 18th place, two places out of Friday's finals.
"The girls are disappointed because they had high hopes," Warrior head coach Dan Anderson said. "I had high hopes. We needed to cut 6/10ths of a second, we figured, to make top 16 and to break the school record and it just didn't happen. We had a double go there and it just didn't happen. We went pretty much the same time.
"I told the girls afterward that just to get here is a huge accomplishment and especially in a relay."
Rudstrom posted a 25.31 from her leadoff position and Tatge swam a 24.97. Gibbons went 25.23 in her 50 split and Rude dropped a 24.66 from the anchor position.
"We were very aggressive and we practiced those exchanges hard really for the last three weeks," Anderson said. "The exchanges were good. They were really good. We maybe, maybe, could have squeezed out another 2/10ths of a second out of the three exchanges, but it wouldn't have been enough."
Anderson said one of the biggest differences was swimming just one event compare the four all four girls are accustomed to doing during the regular season.
"We didn't have to bump back up their yardages after sections and so we just rested them, which was easy from a coaching standpoint," Anderson said. "We pretty much swam the same speed we did last week so that's good.
"The hardest part is being used to swimming four races in a meet and you get down here and you're sitting and sitting to swim one race. It would be nice to have one little warm-up race to do first."
Rude did get the warmup race as she posted a 54.16 in the 100 free to place 20th. Rude entered with a 54.01, but moved up a spot. The junior swam 50 splits of 25.73 and 28.43.
The top 16 swimmers advance to the finals. Caroline Anderson of Lakeville North and Caroline Westholder of Edina tied for 15th with a 53.26.
"We were hoping she could go a 53, like a 53.8," Anderson said. "She took it out well. Her first 50 she was right on pace. Her third wall, she didn't hit her turn very well. Her goal was to go 53.8 because our school record is 53.9. That didn't happen, but she really did swim a nice race."
In Class 1A action earlier Thursday, Little Falls' Rachel Josephson posted a 25th-place 25.53 in the 50-yard freestyle.
The junior entered with a 24.93 section time. The top 16 advances to the finals. Elli Jankila of Eveleth-Gilbert was 16th with a time of 24.78.
Senior Makayla Suominen of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton posted the fastest 50 prelim time of 23.47.
Class 2A prelims
100 freestyle: 1-Jordan McGinty (Wayzata) 51.05, 9-Addison McCuskey (Edina) 52.52, 16-Caroline Westholder (Edina) 53.26, 20-Jacquilyn Rude (Brainerd) 54.16
200 freestyle relay: 1-Edina 1:35.10, 9-Andover 1:38.62, 16-Mounds View 1:39.68, 18-Brainerd (Teagan Rudstrom, Hannah Tatge, Madelynn Gibbons, Jacquilyn Rude) 1:40.17
Class 1A prelims
50 freestyle: 1-Makayla Suominen (Cloquet-Esko-Carlton) 23.47, 9-Julia Bartell (Waconia) 24.40, 16-Elli Jankila (Eveleth-Gilbert) 24.78, 25-Rachel Josephson (Little Falls) 25.53